183 Tasting Notes

90

Holy unfurling leaves, Batman! I’m brand new to Oolongs, this is only my third, and each of them have been a unique experience… and I haven’t even gotten into the “good stuff” yet.

Being new to Oolong, I never really have any idea what the descriptions mean, so I’m often flying blind. I understand “scented” easily enough, but I have to ask… scented with what?

The dry leaves, rolled more tightly than anything I’ve ever steeped before, smelled very floral. Jasmine, maybe. It smells wonderful. After steeping, the scent mellows out a bit, and the flavor is kind of nectary. A bit fruity. It’s smooth and soft, and while I am under the impression that Oolongs can be creamier, this is one of the creamiest teas I’ve ever had.

I’ve never kissed a mermaid (merman?) but if the opportunity ever presents itself, I hope it’s like this. (Yeah, I said it.)

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185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

On twitter, A+D said it was lightly scented like an Earl Grey…but I don’t know if that means that it is scented with bergamot or not. I can’t wait to try it for myself and see if that is what I taste :)

cody

Interesting. I never caught that on Twitter. Thanks. I’m not really picking up anything particularly bergamont-like, though… Hmm.

JacquelineM

I think they are being mysterious!

Meghann M

Very mysterious! I caught something somewhere in the description last night that said seaweed. I was hoping it doesn’t taste like seaweed! (does it taste like seaweed)?

JacquelineM

Oh Meghann M I hope not!

cody

Not that I’m aware of… but there are all sorts of seaweed. Very few of which I have tasted.

JacquelineM

Excellent detective work teabird!!! Thank you!

cody

Haha… thanks for coming back here to let us know. Mystery solved. :)

TeaEqualsBliss

“Merman! Merman!” Reminds me of Zoolander!!! LOL

cody

That’s what I was going for, lol.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90

I was super-excited to see that the new A&D series featured an Assam… my favoritest of teas. I got my order last night, and waited patiently until the morning to try it out.

I held off on this review until my second cup, because the first just didn’t seem to have much to it. It’s a bit lighter than a few of the Assams I’ve tried. Still a good cup of tea, though. Definitely a smooth, mellow Assam.

I also think that I might not be tasting things properly this morning, so I may have to adjust my rating later on. I feel kind of… meh.

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wombatgirl

Yeah, I thought so too – he’s more mellow than I thought he’d be.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90

No sweetener today, but I’m still picking up an almost caramelized sugar aftertaste… which is awesome. Bumping up the rating the morning because I can’t remember why it was that low to begin with. Tastes change, I guess.

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85
drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
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95
drank Rooibos by Adagio Teas
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When I first started drinking “loose leaf tea” (this is neither tea nor leaf, but… whatever) I had been strictly caffeine-free for years. The rooibos in my Adagio herbal sampler was a real standout, and it was practically the only thing I drank. I bought a pound of it, which is still my biggest single-variety purchase ever.

My job has led me back into the world of mandatory morning caffeine, and I’ve since fallen in love with black teas, and it’s been ages since I’ve really had a cup of rooibos. And as I said in my recent post about rooibos caramel, I finally got an infuser that works really well with it… and, I might have to bring it back into a nightly habit.

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Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
teabird

What kind of strainer?

cody

It’s this one ( http://bit.ly/tea127 ) from Teavana, but they have a few that should work the same. It leaves the tiniest bit of dust in the cup, but rooibos was practically undrinkable with my other infuser. And I think Adagio’s IngenuiTEA works the absolute best for rooibos, but mine’s leaking and I haven’t replaced it yet.

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95

I’ve begun to embrace Steep.it and an attempt at properly brewing teas… No longer so wabi sabi.

I love this tea. I’ll be so sad when it’s gone.

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200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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20-something. Semi-professional baker. Loves black teas and rooibos. Discovering new loves all the time.

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I’m a habitually high-rater. Maybe I’m easily-impressed.

90-100 – A – I love these teas, and want to keep them in rotation.

80-89 – B – These teas are good, and I would never turn them down.

70-79 – C – These teas are sort of middle of the road. Drinkable, but would never be my first choice.

60-69 – D – I don’t like these teas, but they are palatable under certain conditions.

0-59 – E – Do. Not. Want.

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